Tags: masterchef | junior | final | two

'MasterChef Junior' Down to Final Two – Alexander and Dara

Friday, 08 Nov 2013 09:23 AM

By Clyde Hughes

At their ages, Alexander and Dara's only worries should be eating dinner, but in the "MasterChef Junior" finale on Fox Friday at 8 p.m., EST, they are battling to create their very best three-course meals.

"MasterChef Junior" has become one of Fox's sleeper hits, rating better in early October in the coveted adults 18-49 category (1.4 rating) than Friday shows like "Last Man Standing" (1.2), "Dateline" (1.0), "The Neighbors" (0.9) and "America's Next Top Model" (0.4), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

The show, a spinoff from the cooking show "MasterChef," pits kids ages 8 to 13 against each other to make Beef Wellington, layer cakes and soft-boiled eggs for the same judges as their adult counterparts. 

The winner, which is now down to Alexander and Dara, will receive $100,000 and a trophy that the Huffington Post reported excited the young competitors more than the money.

"But after watching all six aired episodes in one fell swoop -- the finale . . . we were left with so many questions about how the show actually works: How do you throw a 9-year-old into the kitchen with hothead Gordon Ramsay? Did that kid from East Rockaway actually make a perfect roulade ... and then get eliminated? What about knife cuts and boiling water burns?" wrote Huffington Post's Jessica Goodman.

In a clip posted on TVGuide.com, MasterChef champion Luca Manfe said he was impressed with the maturity of the kids. 

"They feel nervous," Manfe said. "They feel excited. They feel scared. I don't know how the kids can handle this situation being so young because I could barely handle myself."

Robin Ashbrook, the executive producer of "MasterChef" and "Master Chef Junior," told the Huffington Post there were some unique challenges in working with the kids.

"The season took almost three weeks to film," Ashbrook said. "Right by the kitchen we have classrooms so they fulfilled all their mandatory classes. For us, production-wise, it was a challenge because we usually film on the grown 'MasterChef' a 12-hour day. With these guys, depending on which day of the week, and their age, the limit is just four hours a day. When those four hours are up, those four hours are up. We literally had to stop filming."

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Snickers 'Brady Bunch' Super Bowl Ad Hits It On the Nose (Video)

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 19:06 PM

A Snickers "Brady Bunch" commercial starring Danny Trejo is winning over fans before the Super Bowl spot has even aired  . . .

Megamouth Shark Caught in Philippines Fishing Nets

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 18:38 PM

A 15-foot megamouth shark was caught in fishing nets in the Philippines this week, a surprising sight since the sharks a . . .

Fire Alarm! Patriots Hotel Stay Ahead of Super Bowl Interrupted Twice

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 18:08 PM

The New England Patriots' hotel fire alarm went off in the early morning hours Thursday, the second time this week the a . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved